British delegates returned from the World Festival of Youth and Students

The nineteenth World Festival of Youth and Students was held in October in Sochi. Before that, Russia (as part of the USSR) had twice hosted the festival - in 1957 and 1985. About 30,000 participants formed from 150 countries took part in the event. Great Britain was represented by more than 90 young activists.

The discussion areas were open daily from 9am to 11pm. The topics varied from education and sports, to culture, science and politics.

2500 participants were selected to visit the Regional Programme in 15 participating regions throughout Russia. Delegates from Great Britain took part in programmes in Yaroslavl, Kazan, Vladivostok and other Russian cities.

The British delegation shared information about the growing volunteer sector, developing economy, growing employment market, growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, financial and legal support available to all citizens, as well as moments from everyday life in the UK.